Comprehensive Movement Training for the Orthopedic Practitioner - Certified Orthopedic Movement Specialist (2018-2020) - Bellevue, WA
This training program, leading to certification as an Orthopedic Movement Specialist (OMS), is open to PT,
PTA, OT, COTA, ATC, DC, MD, DO & NDs who want to expand their knowledge concerning musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction,
exercise prescription, ergonomics and body mechanics training, postural instruction and what constitutes well-organized movement.
Defining, Optimizing & Teaching Integrated Movement
Applications to Sports/Spine, Ortho, Geriatrics & Manual Therapy
What is Integrated Movement and why is it poised to supplant Therapeutic Exercise and core stabilization as our movement training modality of choice? What does Optimal Movement entail besides strength, flexibility, cardio-vascular fitness and other measurable criteria? How can we make our exercise more informative and more functionally relevant; combining into one activity strength/flexibility work, proprioceptive self-awareness training, ergonomics/body mechanics instructions, postural practice and seamless application to specific ADL's? What kinds of movement training strategies give us the best chance of optimizing our patients' movement; whether high level athletes, spinal or extremity pain sufferers, joint replacement graduates or the fall-prone elderly? Utilizing plain-language lecture, lots of fascinating video, relevant research studies, self-exploratory movement puzzles and ample clinical examples, this thought-provoking one day course answers these questions and more as it advocates an exercise paradigm that boosts patient compliance and success and that freshens and upgrades your rehab tool kit. Based on Dynamic Integration principles and taught by a movement geek and PT, we will compare this revolutionary approach to both traditional Therapeutic Exercise and modern Static Integration movement strategies. Come and experience a refreshing new perspective, you will never see movement and exercise the same way again!
Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the Low Back, Pelvis & Hips
Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills
This course will focus primarily on the relationships between the hips, pelvis and low back. We will explore both experientially and intellectually
how the hip and thigh muscles are the primary players in the lumbo-pelvic complex; the legs control the position, stability, movement and balance of
the pelvis in space. In this respect, the hips are the powerhouse of the body, while the low back is a particularly vulnerable part of the transmission of
power from the hips to the head and arms above. Informational movement sequences built around functional contexts of sitting, standing, bending,
turning, pushing, pulling, lifting and walking help our patients with both skills acquisition (strength and flexibility) and with application of functional
lumbar stabilization and neutral back awareness to activities of daily life. Ways of encouraging lumbar stabilization with simultaneous thoracic
mobilization and focal strengthening are presented.
Dynamic Movement Strategies for the Shoulders, Arms & Hands
Understanding Relationships & Functionalizing Exercise
While a step in the right direction, recent research suggests that gleno-humeral health isn't the sole responsibility of the rotator cuff strength and that there's more effective treatment options for tennis elbow than the familiar stretching of the wrist extensors. The upper extremity system is an integrated whole that includes thoracic bias and shoulder girdle muscle imbalances, with contributions all the way down to the pelvis/hips. This course blends existing upper extremity stabilization principles with emerging Regional Interdependence realities to advance our understanding and treatment options for upper extremity issues, while advocating for a more patient-centered and individualized approach to corrective exercise. We will be moving beyond origin and insertion thinking by utilizing integrative movement principles that see the arms as an extension of the torso, rather than moving relative to a stabilized torso (or scapula). Facilitating proximal power, balance & mobility with distal control, this course explores the various relationships of the upper extremity system; the mistakes people make that create repetitive strain injuries as well as compensations made in response to injury. The movement sequences are built around functional contexts of reaching, grasping, manipulating, pushing and pulling. This helps our patients with both skills acquisition (strength, coordination and flexibility) and proprioceptive self-awareness training. The Dynamic and Static Integration principles are well defined and contrasted in a relaxed and thought-provoking environment. Come experience this fun and interactive approach to studying movement that introduces ways of making the exercises we prescribe more informative, more functional and much more effective!
Functional Movement Strategies for the Legs, Knees & Feet
Understanding Relationships & Optimizing Movement
Movement science and the arcane vocabulary of motor control theory can
be a bit dry, but this movement course is down-to-earth, clinician friendly
& easily applicable. Discover how poorly organized movement elsewhere
contributes to localized musculoskeletal pain, how to facilitate better patient
motor planning and how movement changes in response to traumatic injury.
Gain a more dynamic perspective on how/why people move and be more
creative in how you teach exercise, posture and ergonomics. Use what you
know to improve mobility, alignment or strength of the individual parts, but
expand your repertoire to integrate the various parts into well-coordinated
and functionally relevant whole-body movement synergies. Return to your
clinic with innovative new movement strategies to train your patients in
recognition and control of the movement and postural strains that cause
repetitive stress injuries or that delay recovery from traumatic injury. With
an emphasis on immediate clinical application to orthopedic knee, lower
leg and foot dysfunction, this fun and interactive movement lab introduces
ways of making the exercises we use more informative, more functional and
much more effective. So come look at movement through fresh eyes!
Fundamental Movement Strategies for the Neck, Thorax & Shoulders
Teaching Postural Control & Dynamic Integration
In this fun and interactive movement lab course we will observe, analyze and participate in movement based exercises while learning new treatment strategies designed for immediate clinical application. We will explore how the slinky-like rib cage and thoracic spine should constitute a mobile and flexible base from which the head, neck and arms can move. We will be moving beyond origin and insertion thinking by utilizing integrative movement principles that see the head (and arms) moving as an extension of a dynamically moving torso, rather than moving relative to a stabilized torso (or scapula). Facilitating proximal power, balance and mobility with distal control, nuance and delicacy, this course explores the various relationships of the spinal system. These relationships include the mistakes people make that create repetitive strain injuries as well as the compensations made in response to injury. This approach to studying movement (dynamic/alive vs anatomical/cadaveric) makes you a better practitioner by improving your fluency in the universal language of movement-proprioceptive awareness and choice-based motor habit optimization. Informational movement sequences are built around functional contexts of balance, orientation to a high horizon, breath, orientation up/down and along the horizon, gait and shoulder girdle stabilization-connecting the dots between exercise and ADLs is imperative for long lasting results. Come and experience a refreshing new perspective, you will never see movement and exercise the same way again!
Making It a Safe & Effective Rehab Tool
Yoga is a vast system of Integrated Exercise with potential for both positive and negative outcomes; some people benefit greatly while others are susceptible to injury. Whether helping someone return to a public yoga class or using yoga as a rehab tool in your facility, you can assist your patient in recognizing what specific types of poses to target and which to avoid or modify. In this course you will learn to identify movement or postural patterns, both in your patients and in many common yoga poses that will guide you in your recommendations. Differentiated poses are generally both safer and more beneficial than Global poses; you will learn to recognize the distinction with any pose or exercise and have solid rationale for your subsequent suggestions. Emerging rehab principles of Regional Interdependence and Specific Motor Control Exercise (SMCE) are presented and reconciled with common yoga themes. In class you will observe, analyze and try out several poses, but you don't need to be a pretzel to participate; there are always modifications! Topics covered:
- Neck & shoulder joint protection
- Scapular stabilization
- Thoracic mobilization/strengthening
- Low back pain
- Pelvic balancing
- Knee alignment
- Foot pronation control
Optimal Movement Strategies for Seniors
Linking Functional Exercise & Dynamic Integration for Improved Outcomes
When working with our senior population, we have much to do in a limited period of time. This course will help you maximize your time and improve patient outcomes through exercise prescription and neuromuscular facilitation techniques that are more contemporary, informative and functionally relevant. Gain fresh new perspectives on progressive transfer training, balance and postural improvements, gait and stairs facilitation, skin protection, bending and reaching. Content features Dynamic Integrative Movement Principles & Specific Motor Control Exercise (SMCE), providing creative and innovative new ways of improving functional movement and independence in your patients. You will experientially explore Integrative Movement Patterns and contrast these with common, dysfunctional patterns, then learn to utilize cutting-edge teaching strategies and concepts to progressively facilitate specific motor skill acquisition. Use these Optimal Movement Strategies with orthopedic surgeries or injuries, neurological conditions, musculoskeletal complaints and the "weak and wobbly"; in the hospital, SNF, and home health settings or while working with active seniors in outpatient care.
Tai Chi as Rehabilitative Exercise
Applications to Spine, Ortho & Seniors
Tai Chi is more than a martial art or a moving meditation; it is a sophisticated movement system that has great potential for application to a rehab setting. In this fun and interactive course we will begin by breaking down and simplifying tai chi movements into grounding & balancing stances, stepping motions and upper extremity organization. We'll then put it all together in ways that integrate and optimize relationships between the upper and lower body. You will experience movement, as well as observe and analyze tai chi modifications, then discuss clinical relevance and application to a wide variety of rehab related conditions.
Tai Chi & Yoga as Rehabilitative Exercise
Applications to Spine, Ortho & Seniors
Tai Chi is more than a martial art or a moving meditation and Yoga is more than twisting yourself into a pretzel; they are sophisticated movement systems that have great potential for application to a rehab setting. In this course we will break down and simplify common tai chi movements and yoga poses into stances, postures, steps and arm movements/positions, then put everything together in ways that integrate and optimize relationships between the upper and lower body. In this fun and interactive course you will participate in gentle movement, as well as observe and analyze tai chi and yoga modifications, then discuss clinical relevance and applications to a wide variety of rehab-related conditions. Topics range from:
- Lumbar stabilization to knee alignment & joint replacements
- Balance improvement & gait facilitation to fall prevention
- Pelvic balancing to thoracic mobilization & cervical stabilization
- Gleno-humeral impingement to scapular dyskinesia
- Orthopedic, neuro & geriatric applications
We will also discuss and demonstrate the importance of Pattern Specificity, making exercise more informational by making it resemble the motor behavior we are trying to influence, and investigate the differences between Static and Dynamic Integrated Movement Principles. So come spend the weekend with us; you will never look at movement and exercise the same again!